Sam is a 10yr old Border Collie who has diabetes. He recently suffered from a vestibular episode – similar signs to a stroke but caused by the inner ear.
He vomited and was very wobbly on his feet and his eyes were flicking from side to side. These episodes are quite common in older, medium to large breed dogs. Thankfully affected dogs usually rapidly improve over a few days and eventually fully recover. Treatment involves antinausea medications, as they tend to feel very sick and sometimes drugs that improve blood circulation in the brain.
Sam’s diabetes complicated things a lot because he would vomit food back or not want to eat and we had to alter his dose of insulin daily to prevent his blood sugar dropping dangerously low. His owners were very worried about him and hugely relieved when after 5 days he was happily eating again.
He still has quite a severe head tilt but this will improve over the next few months and he should return to normal.
We check his blood glucose regularly and he always has a bit of chicken afterwards to reward him so he gets very excited and waggy when he sees us. He is a lovely boy and we are all very glad that he’s himself again.